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Angry mothers' groups tell one-side stories about relocations

The Family Court has ruled that new shared-parenting laws, that commenced in 2006, mean that the right of a child to have a relationship with both parents trumps the right of a mother to return to her home state, because it would rupture the close relationship the girl had with her father. Under changes to the Family Law Act, the Family Court is required to apply the presumption that shared parenting is in a child's best interests, except where there is violence.

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Category: Judgements

Daughter to live with father after mother abducted her

The Family Court has ordered a Melbourne mother to hand her 19-month-old daughter over to the child's father, after she left Darwin with the child without his permission. Federal magistrate Janet Terry said shared-parenting laws introduced by the Howard government in 2006 required her to apply a presumption that it was in the best interests of the child that her parents had equal shared parental responsibility for her.

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Category: Courts

Anti-family activists campaign against shared parenting

A conference of anti-father and anti-shared parenting social policy and law experts and practitioners in Adelaide has heard amendments to the Family Law Act that came in under the Howard government in 2006 have effectively tied the hands of judges who would wish to more severely limit contact between parents and children in high-conflict families.  It's encouraging to hear that judges are being forced to abide by the law!

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Category: General

McIntosh & Chisholm Report Critical of Shared Parenting

In a finding that challenges the Howard government's changes to child custody laws, new research has found that children aged under 10 can be emotionally harmed by shared-parenting arrangements in many families. Where parents cannot co-operate and remain hostile towards each other, shared-parenting arrangements can result in a higher-than-normal rate of clinical anxiety in the children, the research found. The report follows changes to family law by the Howard government in 2006 in response to lobbying by fathers' groups.

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Category: General

Articles reporting new study of shared care

Two articles on a recent study announced at a conference in Cairns (see AG's speech appended below).

The Age (Melbourne)
6 November 2008

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Category: General

Separated parents should not share custody of babies or toddlers un…

The Australian Association for Infant Mental Health has issued guidelines for "protecting the very young child's sense of comfort and security'', for infants prior to the age of two years and say overnight time away from the primary care-giver should be avoided, "unless necessary'' The SPCA has rejected the findings based on misguided and anecdotal evidence, and erroneous research labelling the report as unhelpful in dealing with complex and difficult separations between parents.

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Category: General

Australia Media exploring Shared Parent too.

Shared Parenting has the Media's attention in Australia too.

Channel 9's Sunday program recently hosted a discussion forum on Marriage & Divorce. Two Fathers who have shared care were invited to be part of the panel, and were given the opportunity to speak quite often. Other participants included Philip Ruddock; Attorney General of Australia, Bruce Smythe of the Australian Intitute of Family studies, The CEOs of both Relationships Australia and Unifam, Kathleen Swinburne of the Sole Parents Union, Tony Miller of Dads in Distress, Barry Williams of the Lone fathers Association, as well as many others.

The discussion is expected to go to air on Sunday 13th May, though this may change.

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Category: General

Father's battle for 50-50 custody long and expensive

Michael B is one of a small number of Australian fathers who has a 50-50 shared parenting arrangement with his six-year-old son after divorce. He believes that were it not for the Howard government's shared parenting laws, which require the Family Court to presume that a child's best interests are served by having a "meaningful" relationship with both parents after separation, he would not have been given any responsibility for his son, let alone equal time.

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Category: General

12th National Family Law Conference in Perth

The nations top figures in family law representing government, the courts and practice came together at the 12th National Family Law Conference in Perth to discuss the effects of the recent family law overhaul.

The question posed by conference theme, "Surfing the seas of family law - major reform or a little light house keeping?" was answered in no uncertain terms by Attorney General Philip Ruddock, who repeated his view that the 1 July amendments represented "the most significant changes to the system since 1975 - the reforms are major and they need to be".

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Category: Courts

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